Horowhenua Mail : January 19th 2012
Reflecting your community THURSDAY, January 19, 2012 Editorial (06) 368 6014 -- Display Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.horowhenuamail.co.nz IN BRIEF Learn to grow your own, page 5 Shannon artist honoured, page 10 Why are TV ads so loud, pages 12 and 13 INSIDE Three burglaries Police are seeking information on three burglaries in Levin between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. Sergeant Martin Bull said Cobb and Co restaurant was broken into overnight on Sunday. ''They have gone in through a window in the bar area and forced that open and they have taken eight bottles of spirits and lighters. There is some security camera footage of a person, a thin male, wearing a scarf over his face, and gloves. He may walk with a stoop.'' Also on Sunday a Shamrock St home was burgled between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Mr Bull said a laptop, camera and small amount of jewellery was stolen. The burglar entered through an ''insecure'' toilet window while the occupants were out. Between 7.30pm Monday and 8am Tuesday 500 metres of copper cable, valued at about $5000, was taken from Linework Power Contractors in Prouse St. Mr Bull said a window was jemmied open. Spooked: From left, Jarrod Ramage, Chris Allen, Kurt Briggs and Whudz Haunui, with a vampire from the ghost train ride. The men, who call themselves ''carnies'', spent Tuesday setting up the ride for this weekend's AP & I show in Levin. All the scares of the fun fair By TASHA BLACK Town meets country in the 106th Horowhenua AP & I Show this weekend with a wood chopping competition, sheep racing, alpaca judging, candyfloss, machinery and a merry-go-round. Kicking off the two-day event is the sheep dog trials on Saturday morning, along with dairy cattle, sheep and pig judging. There will be a showing of live- stock, equestrian competitions, home industries, sheep shearing, craft stalls, trade exhibits and sideshows. Horowhenua Vintage Farm Machinery Club and Levin Model Railway Club will both have dis- plays. Those feeling lucky can take their chances at It s In The Bag and choose between cash prizes and mystery prizes from a bag, which include a sewing machine and Fly Buys points. Organiser Mary Davis said a new event this year was sheep racing, which will see spray- painted sheep race against each other over 40-metres. Judy Mahon, from Mahons Amusements, said there will be 10 rides this year, including family favourites, like the merry-go- round, dodgem cars and the ghost train. For those after more of an adrenalin hit there is the Scream Machine, Hurricane and, billed as the fair s scariest ride, the really fast Explorer. Showgrounds Events Park, Levin, adults $10, under 15s $5, pre- schoolers free, family pass $25 (2 adults 2 children). Halting family violence the goal for new officer By BEN STRANG Joint effort: HALT co-ordinator Delphi Winters and Sergeant Martin Bull with a week's worth of family violence cases. A born and bred Otaki man is back in Horowhenua working for Levin Police to tackle family viol- ence. Sergeant Martin Bull, who has returned home after spending six years working for Balclutha Police in the South Island, is Levin s new family violence co-ordinator. In the role just weeks, Mr Bull said worrying figures have emer- ged. Between December 23 and January 9, police were called to 52 cases of family violence. An aver- age month sees 30-40 callouts. It ranges from verbal arguments between couples, to assaults, to disorder, to child abuse, Mr Bull said. We have an intervention pro- gramme here called HALT, which is the Horowhenua Abuse Liaison Team, and they can help the victims and the families as a whole to recommend intervention agencies. Mr Bull said HALT works closely with police to try and pre- vent further family violence, but in most cases it is a New Zealand cultural problem which needs addressing. He said the majority of cases can be attributed to alcohol, and changes need to be made as a nation to prevent more problems. Victims in Levin can be helped by a number of agencies, including the Women s Refuge, while there are also programmes offenders are put on to through the courts, Mr Bull said. Through that system they are put on to things like anger man- agement programmes and counselling, that sort of thing. Arguing and bickering is an everyday occurrence in some relationships, Mr Bull said, and people need to learn how to deal with those arguments. I have seen some very success- ful relationships where if they get into a big argument, instead of getting your fists involved some- one decides to leave and take some time out. Mr Bull is happy to have returned to his home district, having spent over 30 years living in Otaki and Horowhenua before moving to Balclutha. He said anyone experiencing family violence should call police, and know it is OK to contact authorities.
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